Major League Baseball
Houston at Seattle
When: 4:10 PM ET, Sunday, June 25, 2017
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington

Aside from a clunker in the series opener, the Houston Astros have had a near-perfect road trip against a pair of American League West rivals. Houston looks to conclude the seven-game trek in winning fashion when it visits the Seattle Mariners on Sunday for the rubber match of their three-game set.

The Astros swept a four-game series in Oakland before getting pounded in the first contest at Seattle but quickly bounced back with a 5-2 triumph on Saturday as Josh Reddick belted a two-run homer and Brian McCann delivered a three-run double. Reddick is 8-for-17 over his last four games and has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 contests while Jose Altuve enters Sunday two hits away from tying Bill Doran (1,139) for ninth place on the franchise list. Seattle's Mike Zunino drew a bases-loaded walk as a pinch-hitter in Saturday's setback, giving him 29 RBIs in 20 games this month. The loss ended the Mariners' six-game winning streak and dropped them to 5-1 on their nine-game homestand.

TV: 4:10 p.m. ET, ROOT Southwest (Houston), ROOT Northwest (Seattle)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros RH Francis Martes (2-0, 5.02 ERA) vs. Mariners LH Ariel Miranda (6-3, 4.04)

Martes is expected to make his third career start Sunday in place of Brad Peacock, who was placed on paternity leave. The 21-year-old Dominican won each of his first two major-league turns, including a triumph at Oakland on Tuesday in which he gave up three runs on six hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings. Martes recorded his first victory on June 14, when he limited Texas to one run and three hits in five frames.

Miranda is winless in his last three turns, although two were no-decisions in which he allowed only two runs. The 28-year-old Cuban owns a 7-1 record and 2.62 ERA in 14 career appearances (13 starts) at home, with the lone loss coming on April 11 against Houston. Miranda has made three overall starts versus the Astros in his brief career, going 1-1 with a 4.08 ERA.


1. Astros OF George Springer is 3-for-8 lifetime against Miranda, with all three hits being solo homers.

2. Seattle 1B Danny Valencia was scratched from Saturday's starting lineup due to a sore right wrist.

3. Prior to Saturday's game, Houston activated Lance McCullers Jr. (back) from the disabled list and recalled fellow RHP Jordan Jankowski from Triple-A Fresno while optioning RHP Joe Musgrove to the Grizzlies.

PREDICTION: Mariners 7, Astros 5
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Houston 51-25 W1 23-16 28-9 9-4 10-10 27-11 5-0
Seattle 39-38 L1 25-14 14-24 5-8 12-9 14-17 8-4
Last Meeting
Houston Seattle
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
6/24/17 HOU 5 SEA 2 .257 1 .762 .212 0 .581
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Houston J. Reddick .323 10 .817
Seattle K. Seager .310 9 .944
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Houston G. Springer 4 7 8
Seattle M. Haniger 1 7 4
Pitching ERA Avg K
Houston 4.12 .268 78
Seattle 3.92 .236 66
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Houston J. Altuve .320 91 .917
Seattle N. Cruz .295 76 .898
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Houston G. Springer 21 56 46
Seattle N. Cruz 14 39 58
Pitching ERA Avg K
Houston 3.80 .279 768
Seattle 4.68 .266 554